As Connecticut slogs ahead with its own medical marijuana program, big things in the world of pot are happening both near and far.
Uruguay, with a population similar in size to Connecticut, is now the first nation in the world to legalize marijuana. That nation's Senate voted for legalized pot 16-13, a narrow margin that reflects some of the concerns about the move to end the cannabis prohibition.
The new law will allow people 18 and older to purchase small (1.4 ounces per month) amounts of pot in registered pharmacies. People will also be allowed to grow limited numbers of marijuana plants in the homes.
Much closer to home, some New York state lawmakers are proposing to legalize and tax marijuana in their state. By some estimates, New York City alone could bring in $431 million a year in pot taxes.
If it were approved, the legislation would make New York the largest state in the U.S. to legalize weed. Colorado and Washington are the only states that currently have approved recreational use of marijuana. A total of 19 other states and the District of Columbia have passed some sort of medical marijuana legislation.
Here in Connecticut, the state now has 16 applications from companies and individuals seeking to to become state-approved and licensed medical pot growers, and 21 applications for dispensary licenses.